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Table of Contents
Part I. Essays & Paragraphs 1. Writing Essays Understanding the Writing Process Planning Shaping Writing and Revising Editing and Proofreading 2. Writing Paragraphs Writing Unified Paragraphs Writing Coherent Paragraphs Writing Well-Developed Paragraphs Patterns for Paragraph Development Writing Introductory and Concluding Paragraphs Part II. Critical Thinking and Argument 3. Thinking Critically Distinguishing Fact from Opinion Evaluating Supporting Evidence Understanding Inductive and Deductive Reasoning Recognizing Logical Fallacies 4. Writing Argumentative Essays Planning an Argumentative Essay Using Evidence and Establishing Credibility Organizing an Argumentative Essay Writing an Argumentative Essay Part III. Research 5. The Research Process Choosing a Topic Mapping Out a Search Strategy Doing Exploratory Research and Formulating a Research Question Assembling a Working Bibliography Doing Focused Research and Taking Notes Outlining, Drafting, and Revising 6. Library Research Doing Exploratory Research Doing Focused Research Evaluating Library Resources Doing Research Outside the Library 7. Internet Research Understanding the Internet Using the Internet Searching the Web Evaluating Internet Resources Useful Web Sites Glossary of Internet Terminology 8. Integrating Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism Integrating Notes into Your Writing Avoiding Plagiarism Part IV. MLA 9. MLA Documentation Using MLA Style Sample Research Paper: MLA Style Part V. APA & Other Styles 10. APA and Other Documentation Styles Using APA Style Sample Research Paper: APA Style Using CMS Style Sample Research Paper: CMS Style Using CBE Sample Research Paper: CBE Using Other Documentation Styles Part VI. Survival Skills 11. Developing Reading Skills Previewing Highlighting Annotating 12. Writing Essay Exams Planning an Essay Exam Answer Developing a Thesis and an Outline Writing and Revising an Essay Exam Answer 13. Writing About Literature Reading Literature Writing about Literature 14. Document Design and Manuscript Format Document Design Creating a Web Site MLA Manuscript Guidelines APA Manuscript Guidelines 15. Writing for the Workplace Writing Business Letters Writing Letters of Application and Resumes Writing Memos Part VII. Sentence Errors 16. Revising Sentence Fragments Supplying the Missing Subject or Verb Attaching the Fragment to an Independent Clause Deleting the Subordinating Conjunction or Relative Pronoun 17. Revising Comma Splices and Fused Sentences Revising with Periods Revising with Semicolons Revising with Coordinating Conjunctions Revising with Subordinating Conjunctions or Relative Pronouns 18. Revising Agreement Errors Understanding Subject-Verb Agreement Understanding Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement 19. Revising Awkward or Confusing Sentences Unwarranted Shifts Mixed Constructions Faulty Predication Incomplete or Illogical Comparisons 20. Revising Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers Revising Misplaced Modifiers Revising Intrusive Modifiers Revising Dangling Modifiers Part VIII. Sentence Grammar 21. Using Verbs Correctly: Form, Tense, Mood, and Voice Verb Forms Tense Mood Voice 22. Using Pronouns Correctly Understanding Pronoun Case Determining Pronoun Case in Special Situations Revising Pronoun Reference Errors 23. Using Adjectives and Adverbs Correctly Using Adjectives Using Adverbs Using Comparative and Superlative Forms Avoiding Illogical Comparisons Avoiding Double Negatives Part IX. Sentence Style 24. Writing Varied Sentences Using Compound, Complex, and Compound-Complex Sentences Varying Sentence Length Breaking Up Strings of Compound Sentences Varying Sentence Types Varying Sentence Openings Varying Standard Word Order 25. Writing Emphatic Sentences Conveying Emphasis through Word Order Conveying Emphasis through Sentence Structure Conveying Emphasis through Parallelism and Balance Conveying Emphasis through Repetition Conveying Emphasis through Active Voice 26. Writing Concise Sentences Eliminating Nonessential Words Eliminating Unnecessary Repetition Tightening Rambling Sentences 27. Using Parallelism Using Parallelism Effectively Revising Faulty Parallelism Part X. Using Words Effectively 28. Choosing Words Choosing an Appropriate Level of Diction Choosing the Right Word Avoiding Unoriginal Language Using Figures of Speech Avoiding Biased Language 29. Using a Dictionary 30. A Glossary of Usage Part XI. Punctuation 31. Using End Punctuation Using Periods Using Question Marks Using Exclamation Points 32. Using Commas Setting Off Independent Clauses Setting Off Items in a Series Setting Off Introductory Elements Setting Off Nonessential Material Using Commas in Other Conventional Contexts Editing Misused Commas 33. Using Semicolons Separating Independent Clauses Separating Items in a Series Editing Misused Semicolons 34. Using Apostrophes Forming the Possessive Case Indicating Omissions in Contractions Forming Plurals 35. Using Quotation Marks Setting Off Quotations Setting Off Dialogue, Long Prose Passages, and Poetry Setting Off Titles Setting Off Words Used in Special Ways Using Quotation Marks with Other Punctuation Editing Misused Quotation Marks 36. Using Other Punctuation Marks Using Colons Using Dashes Using Parentheses Using Brackets Using Slashes Using Ellipses Part XII. Spelling & Mechanics 37. Spelling Understanding Spelling and Pronunciation Learning Spelling Rules 38. Capitalization Capitalizing the First Word of a Sentence Capitalizing Proper Names Capitalizing Important Words in Titles Capitalizing the Pronoun I, the Interjection O, and Other Single Letters in Special Constructions Editing Misused Capitals 39. Italics Setting Off Titles and Names Setting Off Foreign Words and Phrases Setting Off Elements Spoken of as Themselves an Terms Being Defined Using Italics for Emphasis 40. Hyphens Breaking a Word at the End of a Line Dividing Compound Words 41. Abbreviations Abbreviating Titles Abbreviating Organization Names and Technical Terms Abbreviating Dates, Times of Day, Temperatures, and Numbers Editing Misused Abbreviations 42. Numbers Spelled-Out Numbers versus Numerals Conventional Uses of Numerals Part XIII. Appendices A. Parts of Speech B. Sentence Review C. English for Speakers of Other Languages